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    Article: Oct 2, 2020
    By Dave Busby

    The Government's White Paper on devolution and local recovery - expected to include proposals to reorganise local government in England - will not be published until next year, it is reported. Local Government Minister Simon Clarke MP, who was leading the reforms, resigned in early September. He had told the LGA's annual conference the paper would be published in September and would "pave the way for more unitary councils".

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    Article: Sep 27, 2020

    We are privileged to live in such a beautiful part of the country, much of which is recognised as areas of outstanding natural beauty ( AONB) Such areas are designated exceptional landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are precious enough to be safeguarded in the national interest. AONBs are protected and enhanced for nature, people, business and culture.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2020
    By Dave Busby

    There is a site near the ski slope in Wherstead, alongside the A137, known as Klondyke Field. You may think that there is gold in this hill and you would be right - gold for the developer Bellway Homes. If there was ever a better example of profit over design then I would like to see it.

    Take 1 was when it came forward a few years ago when under the ownership of Pigeons. The outline application came with an indicative layout which was acceptable to the parish, planners and councillors. The site was duly sold with said planning approval.

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    Article: Sep 15, 2020
    By Councillor Dave Busby

    When you visit the fascinating town of Sudbury do you drive and then park in a short-term car park or look for a space around Market Hill? If so then you may be aware of the ongoing reduction in spaces - rerouting buses and the new health centre may take away even more spaces - such that there is talk of building a multi-storey car park. It seems like an obvious solution …. But.

  • gre
    Article: Sep 9, 2020

    Environmentally-friendly initiatives across Babergh and Mid Suffolk, including electricity micro-generation and solar storage carports, have received a major boost with government providing matched funding from the "Getting Building Fund". Sustainable technology projects across the districts will receive an injection of up to £800,000 with the money going towards a pilot scheme to introduce electricity micro-generation and storage solar carports in Sudbury and Stowmarket.

  • op92 (Thanks to Colin Czerwinski for sharing their work on Unsplash.)
    Article: Sep 8, 2020

    A family litter picking scheme run by Sudbury Town Council's community wardens, supported by Babergh District Council, is set to ensure Sudbury remains one of Suffolk's cleanest towns. The Volunteer Litter Picking Scheme, which was re-launched by the Community Wardens during lockdown in April 2020, has seen more than 50 local families sign up to borrow litter picking kit provided by Babergh District Council.

  • kraq (Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash)
    Article: Sep 7, 2020

    Two pieces of local news

    COVID-19 business grants closed

    The Small Business Grant, Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant and the Discretionary Grants schemes have closed to new applications. Since the grants opened over £44m in financial support has been awarded to over 4,000 business across Babergh and Mid Suffolk to help them through the coronavirus crisis. In Babergh, over £15m worth of Small Business Grants were paid to 1523 business while over £7m of Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants were paid to 474 businesses.

    Applications for the Discretionary Grants are still being processed, however, to date £726k has been awarded to 112 businesses in Babergh and £632k to 119 businesses in Mid Suffolk. Any businesses who submitted an application before the deadline on Friday but have not yet heard, will be contacted in due course to confirm whether they have been successful. All grants will be paid by Wednesday 30 September.

  • ppde (By Tr00st This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.)
    Article: Jul 3, 2020

    A couple of weeks ago we featured an article from Liberal Democrat councillor David Busby exploring options for the development of Sudbury town centre see . Here he updates the latest position

    You would imagine that there are enough signals to pause and rethink the plans for Sudbury. The hotel and restaurant company have pulled out of Belle Vue (thank goodness), no cinema chain is interested in Hamilton Road, town centres are dying because of their over reliance on retail and we face an uncertain future thanks to CoVid19.

  • mcts (By Ivor Branton, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15905144)
    Article: Jul 3, 2020
    By Councillor David Wood

    The Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent Group has called on Suffolk County Council to publicly oppose EDF Energy's proposed Sizewell C development and retract any 'in principle' support for nuclear power.

    To date, Suffolk County Council has been supportive of the principle of nuclear power and Sizewell C, and has simply registered concerns with the specific proposals put forward by EDF Energy. However, the Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent Group has now submitted a motion to the Council meeting on Thursday 9 July 2020, asking the County Council to fundamentally reconsider its position.

    Cllr David Wood, the Liberal Democrat representative for Penninsular Division proposer of the motion and Chair of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ( AONB), commented:
    "I am very concerned by the impact that Sizewell C will have on the Suffolk countryside, particularly the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB. As well as the environmental damage, there are countless other problems with nuclear power as an energy source, including the risks of storing waste material.

    "Suffolk County Council agreed to support the principle of nuclear power back in 2007 and hasn't reconsidered its position since. We are calling on the current Council members to recognise that the world has changed since then - and its time our position changed too."

    The motion will be proposed by Cllr David Wood and seconded by Cllr Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw. The full motion reads:

    "This Council is concerned about the severe environmental impact of Sizewell C on the Suffolk countryside, including the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB, and the negative economic implications for the tourism and hospitality industries that will accompany this.

    In addition, this Council notes the inherent problems with nuclear power as a source of energy. Renewable technologies are better alternatives to nuclear, from both an environmental and financial perspective, and funding and time should be invested in these energy sources instead.

    Therefore, this Council removes any 'in principle' support for nuclear power and agrees to oppose EDF Energy's development of Size

  • ppde (By Tr00st This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.)
    Article: Jun 15, 2020
    By Councillor David Busby

    With the decision not to proceed with the hotel and restaurant at the Belle Vue swimming pool site Liberal Democrat councillor David Busby has been looking at what alternatives there are for Sudbury in a post Covid world. His report is below. If you have any comments or suggestions you want to make to David he would be happy to hear from you. Please contact him at david.busby@babergh.gov.uk